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The Great Unanswered Question:
What the hell happens to every country on the planet that isn’t the US in YA dystopias
Headcanon. John absolutely knows the answer to this. Of course he does. He’s either heard or not heard Sherlock snore while asleep on the sofa or even if he’s been in Sherlock’s bedroom while he was asleep.
But I will point out there is the fact that Sherlock is a smoker and smokers have a higher probability of being snorers. That doesn’t mean Sherlock is definitely going to be a snorer it’s just a known contributer to the problem.
And there’s also no way for John to answer this question in the context it is being asked that doesn’t ‘imply’ he is Sherlock’s boyfriend. Because answering yes or no would immediately be taken as proof they are a couple by the fact he knows Sherlock’s sleeping habits. It’s what is known as a loaded question where any answer is seen as a sign of ‘admittance to the accusation’
Aside from being an informal fallacy depending on usage, such questions may be used as a rhetorical tool: the question attempts to limit direct replies to be those that serve the questioner’s agenda. The traditional example is the question “Have you stopped beating your wife?” Whether the respondent answers yes or no, he will admit to having a wife, and having beaten her at some time in the past.
But here’s the thing, even changing the topic as John does ‘Got any crisps?’ doesn’t exonerate him. It’s still classed as a sign of admittance via avoidance of the subject. AKA dodging the question.
He could counter the question with asking. “Why do you assume I know that answer?” But even challenging it that way doesn’t work. It’s still seen as dodging the question although it would have put Billy in the position of having to justify his own question. So John might have got a way round it. Although let’s face it, at this point John has stopped denying he is interested in Sherlock. ‘We’re not a…’
So…well…yeah er.. I can’t think of an answer that would have refuted that question effectively and not have Billy think they are a couple. So…..well.. Got any crisps?
He could answer: I don’t know, I’ll ask him.
I must confess I thought at first you had found a good response, except that on second appraisal I spotted the flaw in it and it doesn’t work I am afraid.
Where the question is loaded is because Billy uses the terminology ‘Is yours a snorer?’ So by offering that response John would still be agreeing to the fact that Sherlock is his boyfriend, because he would be still be affirming the ‘yours’ part of the question.